Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic  after loosing a point to Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka during their first round match for the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Joe Castro / EPA

When Heather Watson spoke about the crumbling hierarchy of women’s tennis, she was not being needlessly downbeat, just realistic.As results at the Au(...)

Shuai Peng: “I said, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want to give up’. I want to try one more time. And then I come back. I know I’m not going to stay maybe too long, but I just want to try, you know. I just wanted to challenge her one more time.” Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

For Caroline Wozniacki, watching her opponent being carried from the court in a wheelchair was not how she wanted to celebrate reaching the US Open fi(...)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki celebrates defeating Italy’s Sara Errani to earn a semi-final meeting with China’s Peng Shuai at the US Open in New York. Photograph:  Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

On May 21st this year Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki announced the end of their engagement. On May 25th McIlroy played magnificent golf to win th(...)

Caroline Wozniacki  celebrates defeating Sara Errani  in their women’s quarter-finals singles match at  Flushing Meadow. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

Caroline Wozniacki used her aggressive groundstroke game to near perfection to pummel Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the US O(...)

 Simona Halep  celebrates after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova  during their quarter final match  at Roland Garros yesterday. Photograph: Christophe Karaba/EPA.

Simona Halep, the wily Romanian fourth seed, outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 yesterday to reach her first g(...)

Simona Halep of Romania returns the ball to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during their quarter-final at the French Open  at the Roland Garros. Photograph: Stephane Mahe / Reuters

Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outfoxed former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 6-2 to reach her first grand slam semi-final(...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot in his men’s singles match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia at the French Open in Paris. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Defending champion Rafa Nadal dismantled unseeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-2 6-1 to set up a French Open quarter-final clash with fellow Spaniard(...)

 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic  plays a forehand in his first-round match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during day one of the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round as the tournament favourites took centre stage on t(...)

Sara Errani   during a break in play. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Sara Errani admitted she felt so weighed down by pressure that she did not want to go on the court before losing to Flavia Pennetta in the second roun(...)

Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their singles  match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Maria Sharapova was dumped out of Wimbledon by world number 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito on Wednesday.The former champion fumed about the grass surfa(...)